This is a really good mystery set in India in the 1970s. The cultural insights add a fascinating layer of interest to the story and further complicate the mystery at the core of the novel.
The characters are diverse and colourful, each of them with something to hide and many of them with a motive for the crime.
The story is well crafted and keeps the reader guessing throughout. It’s easy to read, and the glossary at the back proves very helpful in understanding the Indian words used for cultural items such as clothing and food. The settings are easy to visualise, and the colours, textures and flavours of India are evoked by the author’s provision of wonderful sensory detail.
Overall, this is an excellent piece of murder mystery fiction.